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Renowned heart transplant program selects new leadership

October 19, 2018 GMT

HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston hospital is replacing the surgical director of its renowned heart transplant programs with two veteran transplant surgeons and a veteran transplant program executive.

Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center announced Friday that Dr. Kenneth Liao and Dr. Alexis Shafii will jointly lead the program previously led by Dr. Jeffrey Morgan. Deborah Maurer, who has long administered transplant programs in Chicago and Arizona, will fill a new position overseeing the operations of all St. Luke’s organ transplant programs.

The changes come in the wake of a joint investigation by the Houston Chronicle and ProPublica revealing the departure of several top physicians and an unusually high number of patient deaths in recent years.

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Information from: Houston Chronicle, http://www.houstonchronicle.com